PC Power & Cooling Silencer 500W
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 06-22-2008
Provided by: PC Power & Cooling

MSI X38 Platinum (BIOS 1.3)
Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 : OCZ Vendetta 2
2x VisionTek Radeon HD3870 in Crossfire
OCZ Reaper 2x1GB PC3-10666 6-6-6-20
WD 74GB Raptor (10K), WD 500GB CaviarSE16 (7.2K)
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 500W
Lite-On 20x DVD±R/W SATA
Lian-Li PC-A77 (with 5x120mm fans)

USB Powered Components:
Logitech QuickCam Express
Logitech G15 Keyboard
Razer Lachesis Laser Mouse

To test the Silencer 500W, we first put the system at idle and used a hand-held multi-meter to ensure the accuracy of our onboard sensors. Then, a load situation consisting of Folding@Home SMP running on the CPU, ATITool 3D visualization running on the GPUs, the primary hard-drive defragmenting, and a CD being copied from the optical drive to the secondary drive was maintained on the system while the multi-meter was again used to ensure the accuracy of the readings. For insight into the ripple and stability of each line (3.3V, 5V, 12V), we ran an OCCT stress test along with Everest Ultimate for real-time monitoring.

From these tests we see some pretty solid performance. The 3.3V line was rock solid during testing, and the 5V and 12V lines stayed relatively consistent. Though the 12V line appears to fluctuate across a large margin in the graph, it is only really moving over a 0.09V interval, and has the low ripple of 0.75%. Continue on as we wrap this review up with some conclusions.

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